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  • Executive Director of Sigma Tau Delta - Department of English - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (3594)
    Northern Illinois University

    Primary Function
    Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society, with its Central Offices associated since 1968 with Northern Illinois University’s (NIU) English Department (DeKalb, IL), is a not-for-profit 501©3 organization with 900+ ΣΤΔ chapters in the U.S. and abroad. It is one of the largest collegiate honor societies in the country. Its outreach program for secondary schools, the National English Honor Society (NEHS) has an additional 1,000 chapters, and is the only national English honor society exclusively for high school students and teachers.

    The Executive Director (ED) provides visionary leadership for, and oversight of, the Society’s extensive operations in the areas of internal and external communications, public relations, long range strategic planning, alumni relations, chapter development, and marketing. Furthermore, the ED is responsible for the development and management of the Society’s annual budget, which can exceed a million dollars annually.

    The ED reports directly to the Society’s Board of Directors (a volunteer board of 13 members) and serves as the organization’s chief executive officer, providing primary leadership, vision, and managerial oversight for all aspects not delegated otherwise to the Board. The Director is the final authority for primary administrative and operational matters, and is the senior leader for the Society’s overall programs, resource management, and operations.

    The ED must work and exercise leadership with a wide range of constituencies, including university and secondary school administrators and faculty, commercial partners, vendors, a diverse faculty Board, alumni, and student leaders. The ED must possess advanced knowledge, abilities, and professionalism to work credibly, as a peer, with these individuals. This position does not involve teaching.
    Duties and Responsibilities (generally)
    Administration and Management

    Serve as primary liaison for Society and Central Office interactions with NIU campus agencies and administrators
    Direct and oversee Society operations by leading the interpretation, collaborative development, and implementation of Society policies
    Raise the visibility and impact of Sigma Tau Delta and NEHS through communications and marketing efforts
    Handle a high volume of written and oral communication with Board members, Chapter Advisors, the Executive Committee, Board committees, inquiries, and Society requests
    Keep abreast of current developments in honor societies, association management, and academic trends relevant to the Society’s interests and development
    Act independently to identify opportunities for collaboration and development with educational institutions (secondary and tertiary), educators, associations, and others who may promote and enhance the mission of Sigma Tau Delta and NEHS
    Develop chapter relations strategies to strengthen current chapters, reactivate/invigorate chapters inactive or on the verge of being inactive, and locate opportunities to expand Sigma Tau Delta and NEHS by starting new chapters
    Serve as a non-voting member at Board meetings (and as a voting member of selected Board committees, including the Executive Committee); make policy recommendations; and provide visionary leadership for strategic planning
    Communicate regularly with the Board and supervise communication with Chapter Advisors and members
    Collaborate with the Board President to identify, recruit, and orient new Board members
    Prepare biannual Board reports, including chapter increase/decline and relevant Society developments

    Budget and Contracts
    Provide oversight and management, along with the office administrator and Director of Society Operations, of a $1M+ organizational budget
    Supervise, with signature authority, financial accounts for the Society
    Work within the approved budget by developing and implementing cost saving measures that also contribute to profits and revenue, while best using organizational resources
    Oversee the annual budget planning process, financial reporting to the Society Treasurer, annual audit processing and tax filing, and the organization’s day-to-day financial management
    Research, develop, and implement strategies to increase potential revenue sources
    Assume responsibility for Sigma Tau Delta and NEHS contract signing; contract with legal entities and vendors (e.g. attorneys, auditors, financial institutions, and insurance agencies) for services
    Inform the Board of all matters of concern with regard to relevant legal, financial, or governance issues

    Central Office Supervision

    Supervise the Director of Society Operations (DSO) and the Director of National English Honor Society (NEHS)
    Work with the DSO to recruit new, and reactivate dormant, chapters
    Collaborate with the DSO on the hiring and supervision of 5-9 full-and part-time, on-and-off site, staff members
    Supervise the maintenance of Society records, including the storing of permanent records of legal documents, financial reports, minutes, and chapter documents
    Direct the work of those who analyze and interpret data regarding chapters, membership, and related activities
    Monitor the workflow through the Central Office to ensure that service is rendered in a timely and effective manner
    Plan, obtain, budget, allocate, and manage resources for routine and long-term maintenance of property, equipment, and office environment

    Event Administration and Travel

    Collaborate with the Executive Committee, Central Office staff, and local hotel and vendors in preparing the annual Convention (which currently brings together over 1,100 students, faculty, and alumni)
    Conduct Convention site inspections, hotel negotiations, and speaker contracts
    Represent the Society through participation in relevant organizations and at pertinent events, including the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) annual meeting
    Travel to the fall Board meeting (3-4 days) and spring convention (5-6 days), and other travel as necessitated by the position (e.g., evenings or weekends)

    Other duties as may be assigned

    Minimum Required Qualifications for this position
    advanced degree in English (or a closely related field), or an advanced degree in a management-related field
    five years’ experience with a not-for-profit, higher education, volunteer, or other 501©3 organization
    five years’ managerial and/or supervisory experience
    experience in financial and accounting management
    exceptional, high-level oral and written communication skills; superior editing expertise is absolutely essential.
    proficiency with office-related software applications, web-based communications, as well as basic technology literacy, and willingness to learn new software applications

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